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“Homecoming” was the sophomore LP from America. Released in November 1972, it was certified gold on December 18, 1972 and reached a Billboard peak chart position of #9.

This award is presented to Hal Blaine, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His drumming as part of the Wrecking Crew is a memorable part of literally hundreds (thousands?) of songs, including forty #1 hits! Artist presentations generally have more value.

Condition is good, with some normal scratching on the frame, small stains on the matte and the original wire hanging removed and replaced with two top hangings.

The original backing paper includes Hal’s signature, and the appropriate manufacturer’s sticker from New York Frame and Picture.

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If you’ve been following along with Honor Music posts, you know this is a first presentation (correct format for date of certification), authentic (made by an RIAA approved award manufacturer), and original (unopened-all original parts) award.